We want to prevent accidents and keep the public safe along our beautiful Jurassic Coast. We will trial the use of 5G to transmit life-saving information to connected signs. The messaging may include tide times, cliff erosion, water conditions and quality plus information about currents. This will be displayed in an easy to read style and updated in some cases from live 5G-connected data feeds.
The signs could also include other information such as car parking, safety features for example the location of lifeguard stations and defibrillators, or tourism and conservation messaging. Connected signs could even relay live visitor information, such as footfall, back to emergency services.
The signs will be at Kimmeridge, Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Ringstead.
Connected signage is also capable of displaying video content such as safety videos or web cam feeds from the beach so tourists can make an informed decision about whether an area is too busy before leaving the car park.
It is hoped that the digital signs will inform, save lives and prevent accidents.
High footfall trigger
We are looking at ways to detect high numbers of visitors at tourist hotspots in an effort to reduce overcrowding. This would involve signalling which could trigger an alert to the council and emergency services. This information can then be used to implement crowd control measures in a more proactive way.
Locations for foot fall triggers will be the same as for the connected signage as the detectors are integrated into the signs. The locations will be the Wild Sea Centre at Kimmeridge, car park at Lulworth Cove, coastal path at Durdle Door and shop in the car park at Ringstead.
Surf Condition Monitoring Buoys
In order to provide a sea condition monitoring system designed to help save lives, we will deploy low-profile 5G enabled buoys in multiple locations off the Dorset coast over the duration of this project, starting with Lulworth Cove.
These buoys will use the improved data communication speeds and bandwidth of 5G networks to communicate regular updates about sea conditions.
As well as 5G network connectivity, each buoy has a sensor pack onboard that will collect real-time data that may include tide height, wave height and frequency, and current strength and direction. This data will be transferred to the onshore 5G network and displayed on the connected signs being deployed as part of the project, as well as on a public website.
With detailed and real-time sea condition information becoming easily accessible by multiple users, the objective is to reduce risk to life – to stop people becoming involved in an unsafe situation in or near the sea, and to aid emergency services when performing any life-saving operations.